Lainesmead News 07.12.18

This week’s visit from the author/illustrator Fred Blunt was certainly a highlight for many children in the school.  Fred is an ex-pupil of Lainesmead, having attended the school as a child.

During his visit, Fred read to the whole school his new book ‘Santa Claus vs the Easter Bunny’ which the children enjoyed immensely.  Fred then also spent time in Years 2, 3 and 4 conducting a drawing workshop which inspired children and adults alike.  In fact, there has been a lot of ‘bunny’ drawings appearing since his visit!

We are delighted to host such events as this and it is always so worthwhile to show the amazing things than are being achieved by ex-pupils of the school.  Do get in touch if you know of anyone else who can make such a visit.

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This week at our curriculum meeting, we began with a presentation from Miss Griffiths on the computing curriculum. Although Miss Griffiths feels we can adequately resource computing lessons, Lainesmead is always looking for ways to fund new equipment, especially as the world of computing moves on so quickly! This is an issue that Emma Conduit-Adams (Computing link governor) is already exploring. I had asked through the newsletter for parents to talk to or email any governor if they had any strong feelings regarding homework generally. As no opinions were forthcoming, we have assumed parents to be happy with the current policy as were the parent governors in attendance at the meeting. Lainesmead tries to strike a balance between supporting parents to help children at home and not intruding on valuable family time. We hope you feel this balance has been struck. We also reviewed and challenged a number of policies, including Modern Foreign Languages. We will be receiving a presentation on this in Term 6. As usual, the minutes will be published on the website shortly.

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Riley                                    France: Jagdeep
Spain: Evie-Mai                                    Iceland: James
Canada: Olivia                                      Russia: Bobby
Mexico: Kallum                                     South Africa: Laura
Brazil: Kathiravan                                China: Connor
New Zealand: Nicole                            Australia: Brian

Certificate of Excellence

Well done also to Iceland (98%) and Mexico (98.6%). Iceland landed on ‘Chance’ on our Classopoly board which means that they are able to make a class choice on their reward.  Mexico landed on free time with the PE equipment.

As you may be aware, every year we are fortunate to be provided with 6 weeks’ worth of ballet tuition in Year 3 through the Royal Ballet School.  From this children are identified to a final identification workshop, which took place last week.  We were delighted to learn that the following children have been invited to join the Primary Steps after-school class starting in January:

  • Shane Colley-Moore
  • Christopher Kujawski
  • Finley Byrne
  • Maddison Edwards
  • Kayla Rowland
  • Keira Lambert

A huge well done to all of the children.  I am sure they will all enjoy this amazing opportunity and thrive in their learning of dance form.

In every lesson, our teachers are making assessments of the children to decide whether or not they have successfully learned what has been taught. This ongoing monitoring also helps us them make a judgement about how well the children are learning their year group curriculum. As well as this, throughout the year we have Assessment Weeks, when the children complete more formal assessments (tests). Teachers use the results of these, together with their knowledge about the children’s learning in lessons, to decide if each child is meeting the year group expectations or not.

This year we have introduced a new test made by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). These test are designed to get progressively harder across the year, giving us a more accurate picture of how children are achieving in the autumn and spring terms. Teachers will also use the tests to identify key objectives to cover for classes, groups and individuals.

Teachers will share with you how your child is attaining and progressing at the parents’ evening in Term 4.

This week, we have been notified of the fantastic swimming achievements of two of our children, namely Lily Hazell and Amy Simms, both in Year 5.

Lily, competing for Swindon Dolphins, swam 8 races in total and won a medal in every race! These included 3 golds (200m individual medley, 100m breastroke, and 50 m breaststroke), 3 silvers (200m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly) and 2 bronze medals (100m individual medley and 50m freestyle). Huge congratulations to Lily.

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Amy won the award from her swimming club (Tigersharks ASC) as Squad Swimmer of the Year Junior Potential. In addition to this, Amy achieved personal best times in all 10 of the events she was entered in, including the 400m freestyle.  She won a gold, silver and two bronze medals in the 10 year age category which she has only recently moved into.  Well done to Amy.#

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This week our school council discussed why is attendance important. They have also launched a new poster competition on this topic. All poster design on this topic should be handed in to Mrs Chapman by 19.12.18.  A lucky winner will be announced in the last week of term and win a special prize.

Friday 7th December
Christmas Fair – 3:15pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday 11th December
Fabulous Finish – Year 5 Assembly

Wednesday 12th December
Christmas Dinner Day – please note that no more bookings can be made for this.  If you have not booked, please ensure that you provide your child with a packed lunch.

Friday 14th December
1:30pm – KS1 Carol Service in Christ Church

Monday 17th December
EYFS Nativity in school (am and pm performances) – EYFS parents please see separate letter sent out previously

Tuesday 18th December
EYFS Christmas Party
School Christmas Disco

Wednesday 19th December
KS1 Christmas Party

Thursday 20th December
KS2 Christmas Party

Friday 21st December
Christmas Jumper Competition Day.
50p-£1 Donation will be given to Save the Children.
Last day of term.  Christmas Crafts at 2pm.  School finishes at 2:30pm

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** Prime Theatre are searching for enthusiastic young people to take part in Swindon’s Young Arts Showcase! **

Prime Theatre are excited to be organising Swindon’s 4th annual Young Arts Showcase, funded by Friends of Swindon Arts Centre, taking place on Sunday 27th January 2019. The Young Arts Showcase is designed to give young people an opportunity to showcase their talent at a professional venue – be that singing, painting, poetry, comedy, film, dance or something we’ve never seen before!

If you are aged 5-25 and have a skill or passion you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. No prior performance experience is necessary, it’s all about having a go.

For this year’s showcase we are theming the evening around the colour RED. You are free to interpret and use this theme however you like, or you can ignore it entirely, it’s up to you! Performances can last up to 5 minutes. If your work is an object (i.e. a painting) it will be exhibited for the duration of the evening.

Previous showcases have featured singers, poets, media make-up artists, sign language choirs, art exhibitions, dance and much more.

“It’s brilliant this event is happening again. Last year was so fun to be a part of and I’m sure a whole new group of young people will really enjoy being involved this time round.”

Daisy Jesson, previous participant.

If you are interested in taking part please contact either Helen Morley or Ellis Evason at You can also ring us on 01793 614864 for more details. For more information about Prime Theatre visit

All applications should be submitted by 17th December 2018.